Tina Turner, the pioneering rock’n’roll star who became a pop behemoth in the 1980s has died aged 83.
According to a report by Sky News, her spokesperson confirmed the news on Wednesday evening in a statement.
“Tina Turner, the ‘Queen of Rock’n Roll’ has died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland. With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model.”
Often dubbed the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” by the media, singer Tina Turner died at age 83 on May 24.
Turner rose to prominence as one half of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, a musical duo with her ex-husband known for songs like “Proud Mary.”
Turner was married to Ike Turner for sixteen years, whom she said was emotionally and physically abusive. After the duo split up in 1976 and the couple divorced in 1978, Turner continued a successful solo career, producing hits like “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Better Be Good To Me” and “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome).”
Turner’s life and career inspired a biographical drama film, What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993), starring Angela Bassett as the singer. The musical Tina, chronicling the singer’s life set to her hit songs, hit both Broadway and the West End, and an Emmy-nominated documentary Tina premiered in 2021.
In January, Turner was listed as the 55th greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone. She reportedly sold more than 100 million recordings, was honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and won eight Grammy Awards.
Turner died after a long illness in her home in Küsnacht, near Zurich, Switzerland, her representative said.